Salut! Hello! Ciao! I have just graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where I earned a Master’s in French language and literature. I also taught introductory and intermediate French classes for two years at the university. Because University of Wisconsin, Madison places a heavy focus on second language acquisition research as well as pedagogy, I have been formally trained to teach for the modern student who requires classes that are tailored to their own interests and needs. I feel that my experience allows me to understand firsthand what instructors are looking for and what students need. I have experience teaching and tutoring students of all ages Italian, French, and English . My love of learning about other cultures and my time abroad (two and a half years in France, one year in Italy) has made me well versed in current Francophone and Italian culture and language.
I look forward to meeting you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelors, French and Italian
Graduate Degree: University of Wisconsin, Madison - Masters, French language and literature
Theater, reading, hanging out with friends, tennis, swimming
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching is about listening to your student, understanding their needs, and inspiring them to reach their full potential.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to see their goals for the classes, what their learning style is, and what interests them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think one of the most important things is to explain "why" rather than "what." I like to teach learning strategies.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think a lot of times students lose motivation when they feel overwhelmed or frustrated. I think helping students create manageable goals and expectations will help them stay motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try different teaching methods: What kind of learner are they? Do they do better with hands-on activities? Do they need to work better with diagrams? I am happy to try whatever works.